A family may be devastated when a child is seriously hurt in a preventable accident. Although some injuries will resolve over time, other injuries may result in permanent harm to the child, including scarring, paralysis, or emotional trauma associated with the accident. In many common situations, children are hurt as a result of a property owner’s failure to diligently and safely maintain its premises. When this type of accident happens, a child’s family may consult a premises liability lawyer to seek compensation for many economic and non-economic damages, including future medical care. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our Naples child injury attorneys are ready to help your family seek the justice and financial assistance that you deserve.Bringing a Child Injury Claim for Compensation
Although some areas on property pose more dangers than others, there are many ways that a child may be hurt if a landowner fails to maintain the premises in safe repair. According to Florida law, property owners have a duty to repair any dangerous conditions and to provide warnings to guests and visitors about hazards that have not yet been repaired or that are incapable of repair. Florida courts also may apply the attractive nuisance doctrine to accident cases involving a child. The general rule is that a property owner is not responsible for any injuries that trespassers suffer on the premises, except in a few limited situations. If a property owner maintains a condition or feature on the premises that may be attractive to children, however, that property owner may be held liable for any injuries that children suffer, even if those children were trespassing. Some examples of these conditions include ponds or swimming pools, structures suitable for climbing, and machinery or equipment.
After showing that the property owner was negligent in maintaining the premises, the plaintiff must prove that this negligence was the direct cause of the child’s injuries. The accident must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s failure to keep the property in a safe condition. Evidence also must be submitted to quantify the damages that he or she is seeking in the lawsuit. These often include compensation for past medical expenses, future medical care, and any costs that may be associated with the impact that the injury has on the child’s life. The child also may be entitled to receive compensation for pain and suffering and for any diminished quality of life that he or she may experience.Contact a Child Injury Attorney in Naples or Surrounding Communities
Seeing your child suffer painful injuries is a devastating experience for any parent. At the Law Offices of Adam Baron, our Naples child injury lawyers have handled many cases on behalf of children who were hurt due to a property owner’s carelessness. Proudly serving people in Coral Springs, Tamarac, Naples, Fort Myers, North Miami Beach, and other areas of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, we offer a free consultation with an injury attorney to help you learn more about the legal options that may exist for your family and you. Call us in Broward County at (954) 247-4878, in Miami-Dade County at (305) 770-2131, or in Naples/Fort Myers at (239) 352-5511, or contact us online to set up an appointment.